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5 September 2014, 7:30 pm
6 September 2014, 7:30 pm
7 September 2014 Artist Talk Time TBA
Where: Broome Civic Centre
Corner Haas and Weld Street


Japanese born Yasukichi Murakami arrived in Australia in 1897 and became a photographer, entrepreneur and inventor in Broome then Darwin. In 1941, he and his family were arrested as enemy aliens. Their belongings were impounded, and his photographs were lost. Murakami died in internment.

Contemporary photographer and performance maker Mayu Kanamori tells the story of her search for Murakami’s photographs in a new work combining photographic projections, video, narration, music and performance. If photographs are moments frozen in time, then Murakami, the performance, unlocks those moments with the warmth of memory, family, humour and truth. What begins as a search for the past becomes a quest for immortality.

Created and written by Mayu Kanamori
Directed by Malcolm Blaylock
Music and sound design by Terumi Narushima
Dramaturgy by Jane Bodie
Visual Design by Mic Gruchy
Lighting Design by Luiz Pampolha
Dramturgic Consultant: Yuji Sone
Performed by Arisa Yura and Kuni Hashimoto, with Yumi Umiumare
Produced by Annette Shun Wah, Performance 4a

Murakami is developed with the assistance of the Federal Government through its arts funding and advisory body, the Australia Council; Creative Ecologies Lab, Media, Music, Communications and Cultural Studies, Macquarie University; the Northern Territory Government; and Playwriting Australia.


A huge thanks to our Pozible supporters and generous donors for helping us get this new production to Darwin Festival.

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